January 28, 2015 Subject:
What gumbo said
December 31, 2014 Subject:
Top-shelf, MUST HEAR
This is a fantastic set, showcasing exactly what makes the Jauntee stand alone, leaps and bounds ahead of other so-called jambands.
The thing that makes the Jauntee so much better is their tight looseness and communication as a group; their ability to get weird and make new things together. When I say tight looseness, what I mean is their ability to take risks and be playful, to make things new but always be right there together, playing tightly and never missing a beat. This is the hallmark of a truly great band, one that can mess with their forms and make new things come to pass on stage. Case in point: the middle explosion part of the song gets some extra mustard, and becomes a new jam segment itself. Absolutely fucking brilliant. The intro to this version is also another example... getting loose, letting it out, but still being as tight as possible as a unit.
This version would be tremendous without the additional 15 minutes of Type II journey adventuring the audience was gifted on this night. Pretty archetypical jam for the band, very melodic but very energetic. Liquid power hose. Caton's guitar work stands out especially here, but it is the group's cohesion and maneuverability that makes this whole venture pay off. Everyone fits together perfectly, complementing and pushing the music forward. Tony's piano work at 17:50 is a perfect example of this; the dynamic deflates a little, some space opens up, and he's keyed in and listening enough to fill in the hole with the perfect accompaniment. Pieces of a puzzle.
The last 5 minutes of this B Line are what I love so much about this band, though. Coming up with a new theme on the spot, and making it become its own entity, right there on the spot. Everybody comes up with their own parts, and the jam takes on an identity of it's own. Fucking awesome.
Everything else in this set is sick; make sure you don't skip the shorter songs. Know It All is fantastic, and super catchy. Fading Time and the Have You Ever is extremely potent, fueling the power-hungry Enjoy The Ride that follows it. I love the noises that Caton makes in this one, there's one section where his guitar is literally screaming, and I have no idea how he's doing it.
For anyone wanting to check the band out, or for people who are already fans, this set is an absolute must. The tape is incredible; an excellent matrix that captures everything clearly and powerfully.
This is music you will keep coming back to, over and over.